Your brain is always active. But different brain regions are activated when you work and when you rest. Resting activates a brain system known as “default mode network,” which is critical to your health, productivity, and development.
After resting, your creative energy is at its peak. You can then work optimally for shorter periods, rather than halfheartedly throughout the day.
With many people still working from home due to the global pandemic, it’s more important than ever to have clear boundaries between periods of work and rest. A day that starts with work leads to rest that can be enjoyed without guilt. When you start and finish early, everything from recreation to sleep will feel easy and well earned.
Need more strategies for finding high-quality downtime? Start with our Instaread on Rest.